213. The holder of a mining right may, in order to construct buildings or perform any other operation required for his mining activities, cut timber forming part of the domain of the State on the parcel of land that is subject to his right, in accordance with the rules set forth in the Forest Act (chapter F-4.1) and the regulations.
However, the rules referred to above do not apply to a person who effects line cutting not exceeding one metre in width.
Similarly, except in the case of the strip of woodland referred to in section 27 of the Forest Act, the rules apply neither to a person cutting trenches or performing other excavations nor to a person carrying out drilling work, provided he has obtained prior authorization from the Minister responsible for the administration of the Forest Act and complies with the following conditions:
(1) the total area of the trenches or other excavations, added, as the case may be, to the total area of excavations already carried out by another holder of a mining right, shall not exceed two percent of the wooded area of the parcel of land in question;
(2) the area affected by the cutting of timber, which is required for drilling work, added, as the case may be, to the area affected by cutting already carried out by another holder of a mining right on the same conditions, shall not exceed two percent of the wooded area of the parcel of land in question.
The said Minister may make his authorization subject to such other conditions and obligations as he may establish jointly with the Minister responsible for the administration of this Act.
Moreover, the rules referred to in the first paragraph do not apply to a person who, in order to stake a parcel of land in accordance with section 44, must cut timber forming part of the domain of the State.
1987, c. 64, s. 213; 1988, c. 9, s. 41; 1999, c. 40, s. 178.